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Setting up for 2018

We’ll soon be opening our 2018 services. The key dates you need to be aware of are:

  • 9 May – our new search tool goes live
  • 16 May – Apply for advisers opens
  • 23 May – Apply for applicants opens

Usernames and passwords for Apply for advisers will be sent to the primary contact at registered centres:

  • 2 May 2017 – for EU and International centres
  • 8 May 2017 – for centres in Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland
  • 11 May 2017 – for centres in England 

Due to the annual sending of logins and passwords to existing registered centres, we will be entering an embargo period from 12 April ­– 11 May. This means no registered centre forms will be processed during this time. We will resume normal service after this period.

Guides and resources

Tools and resources for UCAS advisers to help students, and their parents.

Get all the latest information, reminders, and events and training details straight to your inbox!

View and download useful guides by clicking on the document title.
  • We update these resources throughout the year, including a range of toolkits – designed for different parts of the application process, or to support specific groups of applicants.
  • We also send adviser newsletters to registered UCAS centres, which keep you up-to-date with anything new.

The UCAS widget 

We've created a widget for you to place on your website or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to direct your students and their parents to key information on

Undergraduate adviser guides

Qualification Information Profiles (QIPs)

The new digital QIPs have been launched and are now available. 

These include 2016 updates to our UK benchmark, EU and international 2015 QIPs, previously published as PDFs, and additional UK, EU and international qualifications. The new UK QIPs are mainly for vocational qualifications, reflecting the changes triggered in this area by the DfE performance measures. We’ve also included high priority Level 1/2 qualifications, such as current GCSEs and reformed GCSEs, for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

QIPs provide objective, comparable information about qualifications which providers can use to inform decisions about the admission of students. They include a range of information such as size, grading, assessment, structure and content.

For reference purposes, the 2015 EU and international qualifications version remains available in PDF format:

Our 2015 Apprenticeship and Access to HE QIPs will be moved to digital at a later stage and remain available in PDF format:

The QIPs replace the Qualification Guides, which UCAS used to publish. The QIPs provide information in a format agreed with universities. They help to provide information in a clear and consistent format across different qualifications. We have a project to add regulated qualifications, which were previously in the Qualification Guides, into the new QIP format. We are also digitalising our QIPs to make them more accessible electronically, so that they are user-friendly and efficient to update. Please see our QIPs document (117.54 KB) for more information.

Education Information Profiles (EIPs) 

The new digital EIPs are now available. 

The aim of Education Information Profiles (EIPs) is to provide objective information, on the basis of which providers can make informed decisions about the admission of UK students.

UCAS will consider submissions for an EIP for any assessed programme followed by UK students, which is not externally accredited to any of the regulatory frameworks in place in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

EIPs are intended to provide information about programmes which do not attract Tariff points.

Such programmes can take a range of forms, but most are likely to fall into one of the following categories.

  • Programmes which are used in place of externally accredited qualifications.
  • Enrichment or enhancement programmes which contain accredited qualifications.
  • Enrichment or enhancement programmes which do not contain accredited qualifications.

Adviser toolkits

These help you pass on vital information to students – with handy tools like classroom exercises and mythbusters.
  • Pre-application toolkit – this will help you introduce higher education to your students, and help you to explain how they go about making an application.
  • Confirmation and Clearing toolkit – everything you need to explain Confirmation, Clearing and Adjustment to your students.
  • Application toolkit – all the information you need to submit applications on the behalf of your students.
  • International toolkit – useful for student advisers worldwide and international officers in UK higher education.
  • Direct contact service – we’re once again offering our direct contact service to applicants – designed to help those who find themselves without a university or college place. For 2017, this service will be available for Extra and Clearing, helping applicants who find themselves unplaced from 27 February through to mid-September.
  • Supporting care leavers toolkit – this will help you understand what support is available to care leavers and how they can get information and advice when applying to higher education.

There’s also a  parents' evening presentation (5.73 MB) you can use to explain higher education applications.

Handouts for your students and their parents

These are good for downloading, printing or sending to your students and their parents.

Undergraduate application flowchart  – useful to have displayed on the wall, or as a handout.

Applying to uni handout – an overview of the application process.

Extra poster (A3) – a poster to explain to your students what Extra is and how it works.

Hints and tips leaflet for parents – a handout for Year 12 parents' evenings.

Open days poster (A3) – hints and tips to prepare for open days.

Reply deadlines poster (A3) – deadlines for your students to reply to their offers. 

PDF icon Little Guide 2017

Parent Guide 2017 entry (2.2 MB)

(The Little Guide and Parent Guide are now only available as PDFs.)  

You'll be able to download the 2018 entry Parent Guide PDF from here when it's available in April.

Adviser Track

Subscribe to Adviser Track to keep up-to-date with your students’ progress, so you can give them the best advice at the relevant point in the application cycle.


We offer a range of training sessions and presentations for new and experienced teachers and advisers.

They provide excellent opportunities to get in-depth information about the UK higher education application process.

Studying overseas

The Go International website aims to support UK higher education by providing the latest policy, research, statistics, case studies and opportunities for study and work abroad. It also contains information on the benefits of international experience, as well as guidance on sources of funding.

Get in touch

Please get in touch and let us know what you think about the guides and resources provided in this section, by emailing We'd love to hear from you!